The aim of the co-operation agreement, signed by DLG President Carl-Albrecht Bartmer and GIZ Board Member Cornelia Richter in Berlin, Germany, on the 15th October, is to continue to promote progress in agriculture and the food industry world-wide. “Already 25 years ago, we jointly succeeded in establishing working groups of progressive farmers in Turkey,” explains Bartmer regarding long-standing co-operation between the two organisations. “These working groups have turned into a driving force for entrepreneurship and progress in Turkish agriculture. Following this successful example, we are going to intensify co-operation in the future,” he stressed in Berlin. “The advantages of this collaborative alliance are obvious,” Richter added. “Both organisations operate in a thematic field that is of considerable importance at national as well as at international level, and more so today than ever.”
DLG and GIZ can look back on numerous jointly organised events and specialist conferences that have successfully contributed to dialogue and development in international agricultural policy and agriculture and the food industry, the DLG states in its press release, and it stresses that, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ has worked together with the DLG since the 1970s in the context of the international specialist journal Rural 21, which is read in 150 countries.
With the co-operation agreement, the two organisations have created the foundations to establish further forms of co-operation. The two sides complement each other in their competencies, contacts and networks. GIZ is increasingly gaining access to practice-relevant agricultural and food industry knowhow, while the DLG is enhancing its international dimension through opportunities to participate in GIZ events and projects in emerging economies and developing countries.
The German Agricultural Society is an organisation operating in agriculture and the food industry with an international orientation. It is based on and sees its prime objective as that of promoting scientific and technological progress.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is a Federal-owned enterprise that works world-wide. It supports the Federal Government in international co-operation focusing on sustainable development and in international educational activities.